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A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
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Jul 17, 09

Read in April, 2009

** spoiler alert ** A Fatal Waltz is the third book in the Lady Emily Ashton series, set in Victorian England. In this installment, Lady Emily agrees to attend a party at the home of Lord Fortescue, a powerful man who Emily finds despicable. But her good friend Ivy asks her to go, so what is Emily to do?

But dealing with the obnoxious Lord Fortescue is nothing compared to what Emily ends up having to deal with. One of the guests that Lady Emily encounters is an Austrian countess, by the name of Kristiana. Kristiana was once linked romantically to Colin Hargreaves, Emily’s fiancé. Then their host, Lord Fortescue is founded murdered, and his protégé, Robert Brandon, Ivy’s husband, stands accused.

Emily has the undesirable task of finding the killer, and the job won’t be easy. Numerous witnesses saw Robert fighting with Lord Fortescue, so Robert is arrested and thrown into confinement. Robert tells Emily of a plot he overheard to kill the Lord, and Emily, Cecil (Emily’s best friend), and Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge (a man who is in love with Emily) head to Vienna to seek out the source of the plot. Her fiancé soon joins them in the search for the elusive killer.

As Emily delves into the secrets and mysteries of Vienna, she finds that someone who was at Lord Fortescue’s party has followed her to Vienna, and has left very obvious threats. He/she has somehow gotten access to Emily’s room and left bullets there. She also finds bullets in her clothing pockets and her purse.

Emily and her friends have to solve the murder before Emily or someone close to her is murdered. She also has to find a way of ridding herself and Colin of the countess. But as luck would have it, Emily ends up needing help from the countess in order to keep Colin safe.

This mystery is thoroughly enjoyable, as were the first two books in the series. The author weaves mystery, romance, danger, humor and historical facts all into a tightly woven story. The book takes you through the English Countryside, London’s Berkeley Square and Vienna in the wintertime, all while blending a great mystery with historical facts. These Lady Emily Ashton mysteries are books which everyone can enjoy especially if you are a mystery fan who enjoys a historical touch. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Tears of Pearl, available this September.
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